Simon & Schuster
On Sale: April 19, 2016
Hardcover / e-Book
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A beautiful, powerful new novel from the bestselling,
award-winning author of Sister of My Heart and The Mistress
of Spices about three generations of mothers and daughters
who must discover their greatest source of strength in one
anotherâ€”a masterful, brilliant tale of a family both united
and torn apart by ambition and love.
The daughter of a poor baker in rural Bengal, India, Sabitri
yearns to get an education, but her familyâ€™s situation means
college is an impossible dream. Then an influential woman
from Kolkata takes Sabitri under her wing, but her
generosity soon proves dangerous after the girl makes a
single, unforgiveable misstep. Years later, Sabitriâ€™s own
daughter, Bela, haunted by her motherâ€™s choices, flees
abroad with her political refugee loverâ€”but the America she
finds is vastly different from the country sheâ€™d imagined.
As the marriage crumbles and Bela is forced to forge her own
path, she unwittingly imprints her own child, Tara, with
indelible lessons about freedom, heartbreak, and loyalty
that will take a lifetime to unravel.
In her latest novel, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni explores the
complex relationships between mothers and daughters, and the
different kinds of love that bind us across generations.
Before We Visit the Goddess captures the gorgeous complexity
of these multi-generational and transcontinental bonds,
sweeping across the twentieth century from the countryside
of Bengal, India, to the streets of Houston, Texasâ€”an
extraordinary journey told through a sparkling symphony of
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